First impressions count when it comes to professional meetings and interviews. Your resume or work experience should be the most important factor, but your appearance plays a great role too. You shouldn’t automatically reach for a power suit though. Business formal used to be the standard. But as new workplace environments have popped up, there isn’t just one interview/meeting dress code anymore. Dress like you already work at the company and then kick it up a notch
If you’re interviewing at a more traditional place, like a law firm or financial institution, feel free to break out the power suit, red lipstick, and pumps. But if you’re meeting with the founders of a new food delivery startup, you’ll want to leave the suit at home
Before choosing an outfit, do some research. Visit the company’s social feeds to see if there are photos of the office/employees and get a feel for the dress code. Try to recreate the look, but add a slightly more formal touch. For example, if it’s a tech startup, where jeans and a tee appear to be the norm, add a blazer and heels to the mix.
If you can’t find anything or are still unsure of what to wear, here are some general tips:
Wear A Blouse
It looks more put together than a t-shirt and is very versatile to style. Pair it with dress pants/a pencil skirt and heels for a business formal company. Choose black jeans or a skirt for a casual company.
Even if you’re interviewing with a casual company, leave the sneakers for until after you’re hired. Heels might feel just a tad too much, but you still have other options that are the perfect mix of comfortable and professional. Opt for oxford shoes, loafers, or flats instead.
Mind The Length Of Your Hemline
Before you put on your mini skirt/dress, make sure the company would be ok with it. If you’re not sure, be safe and wear something at least knee length. If the company is ok with shorter hemlines, you still want to make sure you look work appropriate. A good rule of thumb is to make sure it hits the length of your fingertips (about mid-thigh).
You Can’t Go Wrong With A Simple Dress
If you’re not sure what pants or skirt to wear, choose a dress instead! A fitted, solid coloured dress in a nice fabric always looks good.
Choose Your Jeans Wisely
If you’re applying to a casual or fashion company, it’s ok to wear jeans to an interview. You just have to style them right, and choose the right jeans. Wear a more formal top/blouse and heels to elevate the look.
Keep Your Accessories Simple
Jewelry and accessories can make or break an outfit, but you don’t want them to be distracting. There’s nothing wrong with a simple necklace or a ring or two. Avoid hats, oversized jewelry, or anything that can overpower your outfit.
Classic but with a twist is a good thing to keep in mind when it comes to dressing for professional interviews and meetings. And remember, confidence is key!